On January 16th, 2023, John Walter Malcho joined his son, John Malcho and mother, Louise Malcho in eternal rest. Lovingly known as Papa, John’s unconditional love for his family and presence in their lives will forever be in their hearts. He had a gentle way of providing guidance to those around him. He was quick with a one liner and his signature “over the glasses look” reminded his children they needed to shape up. He was an avid boater and fisherman who traveled up and down the east coast over the past 30 years. He enjoyed life on the water so much he even decided to live on one of his many vessels for a period of time. He also loved spending time with his dogs. It would not be uncommon to find him watching a Dallas Cowboy or a New York Yankee game with a dog by his side.
Born in Rochester, New York on September 27th,1939, John was the youngest child of Walter and Louise Malcho and younger brother to his sister Dyonne Milbrant. John served in the Navy from 1956-1959 and upon discharge, he attended Edison Technical school to become an electrician. In the mid 70’s, John opened his own service station and towing company in Penfield, NY. He then had the opportunity to establish the first Mobil Convenience Store in Rochester, NY. John was an honest, hardworking businessman who served his community for over 40 years.
John is survived by a loving family who will be forever grateful for the lessons he taught them, the wisdom he shared, and most of all his unconditional love. His love for his children he raised with their mother Marlene Malcho, Julie and Kevin Stepanoff, Ken and Teresa Malcho and Karyn and Todd Ryan was unmistakable and only surpassed by the love for his grandchildren Jade Malcho and Kyle McDermott, Samara Scott, Sean and Stacie Malcho, Jenna-Jon Ryan and Cody Ryan. He was blessed with three great grandchildren, PJ and Crew Corona and the most recent addition, Brooke McDermott.
John was blessed for 22 years by the love of his wife, Gail McNiel Malcho and her family Troy and Nancy Bulger, Shelly and Derek Welsh, Mathew Bulger, Tyler and Rylan Bulger, and Max Bulger. Their times together in Cape Vincent enriched his life and filled him with endless happiness.
Both families were fortunate to have John in their lives and they will carry forward his life lessons with gratitude. We will be sure to raise a glass and toast at four bells.
May he have fair winds and following seas - Salute!
There will be a memorial service in the spring to honor John’s life. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for your kindness and loving support. It has truly touched us all.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Cleveland Funeral Home of Watertown, NY.
Online condolences may be made at clevelandfhinc.com.
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